Dune, the classic novel of the far future by Frank Herbert (1965) is getting more attention lately with the upcoming epic science fiction movie directed by Denis Villeneuve.

I’ve got the Avalon Hill boardgame in the shop, so it’s a good time to go on a photo spree.

“Dune is simple to learn, but has enough complexity to keep the grognard in me happy and challenged. It’s a game that has a set ending and won’t last forever…”

“I sincerely appreciate the fact that the game is amazingly faithful to the book. The map is practically straight out of the book and the leader tokens are very accurate to the character’s descriptions. It is quite clear that this game wasn’t a simple cash grab by Avalon Hill. A lot of time, effort, and love went into its creation.”

“I also like that this game does not eliminate players. Everyone is in it to win it until the very end. A player can be behind for most of the game and pull a surprise victory in the end…”

A wonderfully thorough review of the Dune boardgame at The Funky Grognard

Frank Herbert’s Dune: Space Civilization Power Struggle Game [BOX SET]

1979, 1984 … AH 824

• Full Color Mapboard of the planet, Dune
• 6 Shields each with a full color illustration of the player’s character
• 120 Circular Counters representing the armies involved in the battle for Dune
• 60 1/2″ Square Counters used to count spice
• 30 2″ Discs each with an illustration of a military leader
• Deck of 33 Treachery Cards
• Deck of 21 Spice Cards
• 2 Battle Wheels
• Player Aid Pad
• Rules Manual

DUNE items in the shop


DUNE at my games reference site

At my ref site page: Did you know there were 2 expansions for this game? Also info about the excellent French edition and the ultra-rare Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium RPG.

Box art by Chris White
Avalon Hill re-released DUNE at the time of the 1984 David Lynch movie, featuring Sting and different art on the box lid. The contents are identical to the 1979 boardgame edition. Photo of a set that was in the shop in 2013.

Rules booklet

The Rules booklet is all business. Not a lot of illustrations. In the back, there are strategy tips, a synopsis of book events, and a questions and answers section.

Character Shields

House Atreides – Paul Muad’Dib
Bene Gesserit – Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
House Harkonnen – Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Fremen – Liet-Kynes
House Corrino – Emperor Shaddam IV
The Guild – Edric

The Map Board

Two-piece map boards

Counters / Tokens

Other Components

Player Aid Pad
Combat Wheels
Treachery Cards
Spice Cards

DUNE items in the shop

DUNE at my games reference site

See also:

Kingmaker boardgame: The war that inspired Game of Thrones

John Carter: Warlord of Mars adventure game (SPI, 1979)

3 Gametime [Heritage Models] sets (1978)